NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

28 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Osteopathic Medicine Program Mission Statement The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to student-centered osteopathic medical education to produce exemplary osteopathic physicians known for competent and compassionate care. Accreditation Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Programhas been granted accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association. This body is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation as the accrediting agency for colleges educating osteopathic physicians and surgeons. An Osteopathic Physician Two types of complete physicians may practice medicine in all 50 states: the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). While both types of physicians are trained in all aspects of patient care, D.O.s offer a distinct, holistic approach to medicine. Osteopathic medicine is distinguished by an emphasis on primary care, by using osteopathic manipulative medicine when necessary, and by a tradition of caring for patients in underserved rural and urban areas. Osteopathic physicians recognize the relationship between physical structure and organic function and view the human body as an interdependent unit rather than an assortment of separate parts and systems. While all medical and surgical specialties are represented within the osteopathic medical profession, the training of vitally needed primary care physicians and the drive to reach rural, minority, geriatric, and indigent populations, make the osteopathic medical profession unique. We are proud of our success in producing vitally needed primary care physicians—nearly 55 percent of our graduates practice in the primary care disciplines of familymedicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics—and we remain committed to training physicians capable of delivering the highest standards of total-patient care in all practice settings. Admissions Requirements Applicants for the first-year class must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation: 1. have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (A minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for admission.) 2. have successfully completed (with a grade of 2.0 or higher) • 8 semester hours of biological science (biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, etc.) • 8 semester hours of general chemistry with laboratory • 8 semester hours of organic chemistry with laboratory • 3 semester hours of biochemistry • 8 semester hours of physics with laboratory • 6 semester hours of English/humanities (must include 3 semester hours of English) N ote: These are minimum academic requirements for admission. Students are encouraged to take additional upper-level science, behavioral science, and humanities courses. It is recommended that applicants complete at least one course in physiology. 3. have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 ( The dean is empowered to evaluate the total qualifications of every student and to modify requirements in unusual circumstances.) 4. take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) (Applications for the MCAT may be obtained online at https://students-residents.aamc.org/taking-mcat-exam /taking-mcat-exam. Questions concerning the MCAT can be answered by calling (202) 828-0600. MCAT scores must be no more than three years old prior to the date the AACOMAS application is submitted.) The discipline and intensive study required by the osteopathic medicine curriculummake the attainment of a superior GPA in undergraduate studies essential. The college receives more than 8,000 AACOMAS applications a year, from which only 380 students are chosen. These students have varied backgrounds, and while some many enter the college directly from an undergraduate program, other students come from successful careers. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program